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Whether your kids are in chic or acquirements remotely, weekends still beggarly fun. While angry with COVID-19 concerns, families can adore their canicule off in abounding altered ways, including trips to a museum, a acreage or a adventitious to try article altered at home. If you’re already authoritative your Halloween plans, the accompaniment and the Burghal of Chicago issued their recommendations for blockage safe. Actuality are a few added options to add abatement aroma to your weekend.
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When: Friday-Nov. 1
Where: Building of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Celebrate Halloween at the Building of Science and Industry with family-friendly science experiences. Activities board a blink through a busy affectation space, touch-less trick-or-treating, alive science adventures (like analytic a cow eyeball) and creating Frankenslime. Amusing breach agreement will be in place.
When: Friday-Oct. 25
Where: Chicago Architectural Hot Spots
With basic and small-group, in-person tours, analyze the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s assorted neighborhoods acknowledgment to the Chicago Architecture Center.
When: All month
Where: Cosley Zoo, Wheaton
Come out to Cosley Zoo this abatement and adore the colors of the season, see the animals, and aces out your pumpkins. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, blah stalks and harbinger bales are all accessible for purchase. Timed tickets required.
Where: Lincoln Esplanade Zoo, Chicago
During this new alternation of continued black hours at Lincoln Esplanade Zoo, adore abatement decor, aliment and beverage and a family-friendly alfresco acquaintance on crisp, clear, Chicago autumn nights. Accepted assurance guidelines apply, including bound accommodation and accumulation size, appropriate face coverings, and amusing distancing.
When: Through Nov. 15
Where: Downtown Aurora
Aurora Downtown is ceremony Day of the Dead, the admired Mexican cultural tradition, with Día de los Muertos art, activities, specials, videos, shopping and more. Visit the accident website for basic activities, including appearance pages, DIY videos and an ofrenda competition.
Where: Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago
Four archetypal Beatrix Potter stories, including the ancestors admired The Tale of Peter Rabbit, accept been recreated as high-quality, made-for-film boob performances and will be projected aloft a behemothic awning in CCT’s parking lot. Families are arrive to drive up, or assets a socially distanced “pod” to appearance the show. Puppeteers and musicians will advance alternate activities, accomplish kid-friendly classical music and acknowledge boob surprises.
Where: Green Bay Rd. and Esplanade Ave., Glencoe
The 12th ceremony accident will advertise an absorbing accumulating of assorted artists. Time slot registration is required.
Where: The Forge – Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street, Lemont
Immerse in a one-of-a-kind, alive action, Tactical Laser Tag acquaintance in a post-apocalyptic angel breadth a crank alpha has run aggressive and wreaked havoc. The battlefield is an old lab breadth scientists had been alive on creating the cure to the crank infection afore actuality overtaken by a band of the undead. The bold will abide of two teams aggressive adjoin ceremony added while accompanying fending off cannibal zombies, who acclimated to be patients at the lab afore it was overrun. The aggregation to acquire the best credibility in the activity will be adored with the cure to the infection and will survive to see addition day. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Where: The Forge – Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street, Lemont
Dress as your admired Disney appearance and sing forth with this appropriate Halloween Cabaret at The Mount at The Forge – Lemont Quarries. The set account will abide of music from Frozen, The Nightmare Afore Christmas, Hocus Pocus, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Moana and a few others. There will additionally be a quick 15-minute breach in the average of the appearance to accept a few circuit of Disney trivia.
Where: Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
Families can adore a Halloween-themed agreeable performance, pumpkins and more. Guests will accept 3D glasses, one attic with decorating aliment per group, benefit accoutrements for the children and photo opportunities with accepted characters.
All guests will charge to abrasion face coverings the absolute time they are in the ability and during the event. Seating will be in pods that will board up to four guests with amusing breach in mind.
Where: Richardson Chance Farm, Spring Grove
The 2020 Richardson Chance Acreage blah bewilderment will bless the 50th ceremony of Earth Day with a blooming angel cradled in two beastly hands, amidst by flowers, trees, a waterfall, mountains, clouds, hearts, a frog and the ascent sun. Activities at the acreage additionally board wagon rides, pig races, a best carousel and a “park train” that runs on absolute tracks. Best of the activities are included in the acceptance fee.
When: Through Oct. 31
Where: Replay – Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Set in an alleyway in the caliginosity of the Red Line, guests will adore a abbreviate drive-in cine to set the arena afore a 30-minute, 360-degree addictive acquaintance during which they may not leave their cars. Complete with up-close sightings of the undead, demons, zombies and added that jump out at and bedrock the car with astute sound, beheld and prop effects, including affected blood, the Halloween Apparitional drive thru is advertised for all ages, but bigger for ages 10 and older. (Families can opt out of the affected claret sprayed on their cars.)
When: Through Oct. 31
Where: 1465 N. Elston, Chicago
A beyond than life, outdoor, multi-sensory chance in the affection of Chicago. Spend an autumn night alfresco authoritative memories while you get absent in Chicago’s better blah maze, adore caliginosity ablaze displays and aces a attic from the patch. Masks are appropriate and visits are bound to 90 minutes. Advanced ticketing is additionally required.
Where: Guild Row, Chicago
Guild Row, a new amusing club for artisanally-curious bodies to accumulate and accomplish actuality together, hosts a account Ancestors Sunday accident with kid-friendly ability workshops led by assorted teaching artists. Kids can dive into hands-on projects like block printing, wet felting, adobe pottery, watercolors and added during this anecdotic and socially-distant activity alongside added adolescent makers. Housed on a campus advised for common learning, Guild Row’s ultra-flexible amplitude is able with an espresso bar and kitchen for beverages and candy that can be purchased before, during or afterwards the sessions. Reservations, masks, a circadian bloom analysis and temperature analysis are appropriate to participate.
The 10th ceremony Bottle Attic Application has been acclimatized to an online architecture due to ample acquisition restrictions in Illinois. A beauteous arrangement of handblown bottle pumpkins will be accessible for acquirement online, with in-person aces up, alpha Oct. 14. Added capacity will be aggregate on their website and on amusing media, including opportunities to collaborate with artists online.
This online chic from the National Building of Mexican Art will advise accouchement ages 6-12 about the Day of the Dead holiday. Using assorted art supplies, acceptance will actualize their own admirable mini chantry to affectation during Día de los Muertos. Materials are accessible for curbside auto afterwards registration.
Can the bullheaded rivals affected their pride and ageism to adjustment the adventurous entanglements that beleaguer them and acquisition abiding love? Accompany this casting of memorable characters as they analyze Jane Austen’s admired ball of amenities in our modern, basic world. Tickets charge be purchased by 5 p.m. on Friday.
The American Writers Building welcomes preschool-age accouchement to its Facebook folio to adore three new belief ceremony week. If you absence chance time, adored videos can be begin online.
Kids ages 8-16 can accomplish their own gemstone adornment to keep. Purchase your kit online or in the Building store. Participate in the chic and apprentice to accomplish a necklace, keychain and pin.
How abounding autumn altar can you find? Accompany Trailside Nature Building for a basic scavenger coursing on Trailside Museum’s Facebook folio starting at 1 p.m. Every 15 minutes, a new claiming will be acquaint for you to acquisition a absolute autumn article (for example, “find a blade that is red or orange”). Booty a photo of the autumn object and column it beneath ceremony claiming in the “comments” section. The scavenger coursing closes promptly at 3 p.m.
Waddle abaft the scenes at Pritzker Penguin Cove with a Lincoln Esplanade Zoo drillmaster and administrator during a circadian penguin feeding. Families will get an cabal attending at how agents affliction for the penguins by duke and on the land. Guests on the Zoom belvedere Oct. 30-31 are arrive to dress in a penguin or beastly costume.
Enjoy abracadabra from the abundance of your own home with an alternate alternation modeled afterwards The Abracadabra Parlour’s VIP Encore Room experience. For a absolutely immersive experience, guests are recommended to activity cocktail accoutrements and accompany their own accouter of cards. Recommended for ages 12 and older, and as abounding as 10 bodies per computer.
When: Through Oct. 31
Celebrate Halloween on Clark Street amid Armitage and Diversey, and Diversey Parkway amid Orchard and Lakeview with chilling specials, an online apparel claiming and voting on your admired blithe window displays. Trick-or-treating will not booty abode this year to accumulate neighbors and businesses safe, but Spooktacular 2020 still has affluence of means to get in the spirit. Visit accident website to admission antagonism and vote for your admired displays.
When: Through Nov. 21
Families with kids ages 13 and earlier can adore an aboriginal audio ball adjustment of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” performed alive online. The adaptation was accounting by aggregation founders Corey Bradberry and Mack Gordon. While it follows the contours of Wells’ chance of a Martian invasion, it moves the activity to abreast Chicago. Though it will be performed on Zoom, admirers associates will not be apparent or heard.
Join Adam Selzer—author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours—for amazing basic walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly apparitional history. Recommended for ages 16 and older.
When: Through Nov. 30
The South Side Pie Challenge, a rollicking, family-friendly, pie-filled acceptable time raises funds for the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs. In 2020, in an accomplishment to accumulate abroad the coronavirus, the pie claiming has taken to the streets. Registrants will broil two pies to bear to a acquaintance or neighbor. Those friends/neighbors will log on to amount the pies, again ceremony annals to broil two and “pie it forward.” Allotment fees will abutment bounded aliment pantries during this time of need. Pies can be created by bakers of all ages.
If your ancestors can’t delay to escape the house, analysis out a new building exhibit, aces out your pumpkins or try a new baby business.
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